Alabama is losing its second-leading scorer with the announcement that Trevor Lacey will transfer after his sophomore season.
Coach Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide was in line to contend for an SEC title thanks to the return of one of the conference's best backcourts in Lacey and leading scorer Trevor Releford. Lacey, a 6-3 shooting guard, averaged 11.3 points and 3.2 assists while starting all 36 games in the 2012-13 season.
Lacey's explanation for his surprising decision to transfer was vague.
“It was a family decision to pursue other opportunities,” Lacey said in a statement. “This definitely was not an easy decision to make. It’s been great at Alabama during my two years. It was tough my freshman year coming off surgery and having to work my way back. I wanted to improve during my sophomore season and I thought I did that. I want to thank the coaches and staff, my teammates and all the fans for their support.”Lacey originally stayed in-state by signing with Alabama over offers from Auburn, Kansas and Kentucky. He has Alabama's permission to contact schools outside the SEC, according to a source close to his family who said that Kansas, Miami, Pittsburgh and Arizona already have expressed interest, according to AL.com.